Batavian cup and saucer, Portland, ca. 1760

Contributed by Tate House Museum


The Tates, one of the leading merchant families in Portland during the colonial era, owned a small collection of Chinese export porcelain, including this cup and saucer. It is decorated with a brown glaze known as Batavian type. Shards from tea wares with the same decoration were recovered archaeologically at Tate House in the 1950s.

George Tate (1700-1794) came to Portland with his family in about 1750 and served as the king's mast agent for the Royal Navy until the Revolutionary War.

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About This Item

  • Title: Batavian cup and saucer, Portland, ca. 1760
  • Creation Date: circa 1760
  • Subject Date: circa 1760
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Porcelain
  • Dimensions: 4.13 cm x 12.07 cm
  • Local Code: 1980.7 a, b
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Tate House Museum
1267 Westbrook Street, Portland, ME 04102
(207) 774-6177

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